B.1988. Grant Jurius artistic practice involves field research into his own heritage and study of the land that he stems from in Elsies River, Cape Town.

His practice involve the research of texture, surface, architecture, visual/aural layers, landmarks & monuments of spaces among other studies.

Jurius utilises mediums which include visual & sonic, recording space through the exploration of the senses to engage in the rituals of spaces.

“This approach allows me to observe the value systems placed upon space to contextualize & recontextualize those value systems. I feel that these value systems govern & shape the identity, inhabitants & Psychogeography of that space.”

He observes recordings by walking, smelling, feeling, wall textures, sound, surface. He peels back textual layers while imagining & mythmaking old, ancient, futuristic ideas & visions. 

This particular series of paintings were created in Basel, Switzerland while researching these references. The exhibited portraits are of South African born jazz artists Sathima Benjamin, and Makaya Ntshoko who were exiled in Switzerland during the early 1960s due to the political turmoil of Apartheid South Africa.


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Supported by: Landis & Gyr Stiftung, SüdkulturFonds, Swisslos-Fonds Basel Stadt
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Supported By: Landis & Gyr Stiftung, and SüdkulturFonds.